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Washington Redskins Injury Update: Chris Thompson Out for the Year

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COMMENTARY | Washington Redskins' return specialist Chris Thompson's 2013 season has ended abruptly courtesy of a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

Thompson, who failed to get the job done as the team's returner, was previously replaced in the lineup by Josh Morgan, who also did little to impress returning punts and kicks.

Richard Crawford was originally slated to serve as the Redskins' return specialist, but his season came to a premature end when he suffered a torn ACL during a preseason game against the Buffalo Bills.

Thompson was given the first opportunity to take Crawford's place and he instantly provided a glimpse of his playmaking abilities with a 69-yard touchdown return against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the team's final preseason game.

Unfortunately, Thompson's preseason success didn't translate into production when the games started to count. His brief regular season tenure as the Redskins' return specialist was filled with numerous poor returns.

As mentioned earlier, Josh Morgan replaced Thompson as the team's primary returner several weeks ago. Like Thompson, Morgan also experienced his share of struggles returning punts and kicks, failing to provide the Redskins with an adequate source of big plays on returns.

With Thompson being placed on the Redskins' injured reserve list, Nick Williams was recently promoted to the active roster and he's expected to at least compete for the right to return punts and kicks.

Similar to Thompson, Williams also demonstrated his potential in the preseason but the Redskins decided to stash him away on the practice squad instead of giving him an opportunity to play during the regular season.

An undrafted rookie from the University of Connecticut, Williams excelled as a return specialist on the collegiate level. During his four years as a Huskie, Williams accounted for an impressive total of four touchdown returns on special teams.

Hopefully, Williams will step in and finally provide the Redskins with a return specialist who's capable of making some big plays on special teams, starting with the team's Week 11 NFC East showdown against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Drexel Perry's a freelance writer who covers the Washington Redskins and the Washington Wizards for Yahoo Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @DrexelPerry.

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